Sammy Wilson argued the “real tax burden on households and on businesses and on the economy is increasing”.
Speaking in the Commons, the MP for East Antrim said: “Sometimes when you listen to the rosy rhetoric from the despatch box and then delve into the detail, the gloss comes off some of the picture which has been painted.”
He raised concerns over personal income tax, adding: “We find over the next two years, personal income tax, the grasp is going to depart up by closely 20%.
I happen to belong to a party which believes that low taxation is the best way of growing an economy. It’s precise to allow people and businesses to spend their money as they see fit
“Now that is because many people are being dragged into the tax regime as a result of allowances not being changed and as a result of people then going into higher tax brackets. Hardly an incentive for people to work.”
On Government aid for small businesses, he argued: “When we study at the figure for business rates over the next two years – 25% increase in the grasp from business rates.
“Overall, during the next two years we’re going to see tax receipts across the economy going up by 10% … So the real tax burden on households and on businesses and on the economy is increasing.”
He went on: “When we study at the rhetoric and then study at the detail, we find that rather than being a Budget for growth, because you can’t tax your way to growth, this is a Budget which is going to impede growth.
“Yet we know that if we’re going to finance public services, if we’re going to procure our debt down, if we’re going to be able to finance our debt, then we gain to grow the economy, if we’re going to design people better off.”
He added: “I happen to belong to a party which believes that low taxation is the best way of growing an economy. It’s precise to allow people and businesses to spend their money as they see fit.”